As the legal battle for the control of the recruitment of 10,000 constables between the Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission intensifies, investigations by Saturday PUNCH have revealed that the NPF obtained a presidential approval to spend N16.8bn on the exercise.
Documents obtained by Saturday PUNCH revealed that the NPF obtained the approval in October 2018.
Insights into how the NPF obtained the presidential approval for the recruitment of the 10,000 constables are contained in the documents.
The legal tussle between the NPF and the PSC got to its peak on November 4 when Justice Inyang Ekwo, who heard the case at the Federal High Court in Abuja, reaffirmed an order for the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo.
It was learnt on Friday that as part of the steps taken by the NPF to obtain the presidential approval to conduct the exercise, the immediate-past Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, presented a budget proposal of N16.8bn to President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, for the recruitment of 15,000 constables.
Kyari gave approval for the recruitment but reduced the number of constables to be recruited to 10,000.
Kyari directed Idris to submit the budget to then-Minister of Budget and National Planning for a comprehensive review.
He also directed that after the minister’s review, the budget should be included in the 2019 Appropriation Bill.